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09-04-2011, 07:38 AM   #1
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"Special" lenses for Pentax 67?

Every manufacturer has a lens or two in their lineup that's just special. It might be for sharpness, for bokeh, for color rendering, whatever. Canon has the 85/1.2L, Nikon has the 14-24, etc.

What are the "special" lenses for the Pentax 67? I've seen the grades given on the Antique Cameras site, but something tells me that's not the whole story.

So, Pentaxians, which lenses in the P67 lineup have that special something - whether it be sharpness, bokeh, rendering, etc?

I'm about to build out my kit and would love to know.

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Mark

09-04-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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My candidates would include:
latest 55mm f/4, sharp, no distortion
55-100mm zoom, sharp, sharp, sharp
75mm f/2.8 AL, very creamy
300mm f/4 ED, sharp and great bokeh
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I'd add the Takumar 90mm LS lens stands out as a unique lens for the P6x7. It's ability to shoot in pure leaf shutter mode (limited to 1/30 - 1/500), give the 6x7 and 67 generation cameras multiple exposure capability (also limited to 1/30 - 1/500) and of course gives more options in flash photography that sets it apart for those things. Sometimes your shooting demands these capabilities.

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I would say also the 75/4.5 SHIFT for obvious reason.

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100mm 4.0 Macro. 1:1 without extension tubes.
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The 75mm Takumar f4.5--- As sharp as anything in the line.
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I'm somewhat surprised that no one has mentioned the 105/2.4. I've read many good things about that lens, but maybe it's overhyped?
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QuoteOriginally posted by markolw Quote
I'm somewhat surprised that no one has mentioned the 105/2.4. I've read many good things about that lens, but maybe it's overhyped?
The most special thing with it, is that it's the fastest normal lens for 6x7 (ever?). It's a good lens with very nice rendering, especially stopped down to f/4 and it has almost zero distortion and very low vignetting. I like it much more than the 90/2.8 even if it actually isn't as sharp and contrasty as the 90. The close range limit is 1.0 meters, which makes it unsuitable for some purposes, but it works fine with an extension ring.

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The 55mm f4 (final design) is superb - rightly enjoys a first rate reputation. The 300mm f4 EDIF (not the pre-EDIF) is stellar too. These two lenses are unreservedly 'special' in my estimation.

The 75mm f2.8 AL is also extremely high resolution; some say it suffers from distortion more than the older f4.5 design, but this is not a relevant factor in my work. So, if this is not a factor for you, I would add this to this list as well.
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Hello Mark,

i would recommend the 3,5 120mm Softfocus, a tru magicall Lens... and works also fine on my 645D. The 55mm latest is also the other end, razor sharp. The 75mm Shift was my "normal Lens", sharp and very usefull. The 165mm LS also.

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QuoteOriginally posted by markolw Quote
I'm somewhat surprised that no one has mentioned the 105/2.4. I've read many good things about that lens, but maybe it's overhyped?
I think maybe the lens gets overlooked a bit due to the 'normal' focal length. Many photographers probably prefer something wider or longer, where there are obviously some great lenses.
My general feeling is that the 105/2.4 is not quite as sharp as the 55/4 for example. But in reality (for my uses) it's sharp enough and is a great, versatile lens.

I get the feeling that you can't really go wrong with any of the P6x7 lenses...
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